, attached to 2003-02-28

Review by phish123

phish123 This was my first phish show. Went with a few friends and at the time we did not know much about Phish or their music. My friends and I from the first minute became completely hooked and lifelong die hard fans of the band. Saw my 250th show last night (baker's dozen #8). While every show I've been to has been incredible (some more so than others), 2/28/03 was a night I will never forget and stands out as being the best show I've ever seen of any band. There are some shows in the last few years that have received voting on phish.net which has them ranked amongst the best shows phish played throughout the 90s. It took over 14 years for this show to get 397 votes on this site, while it took a show like 7/25/17 less than a week to get close to 850 votes. The standard was different for phish 20 years ago. Average shows played by them in 1997 would be must hear shows in 2017. They are playing some of their best music now. They are locked in and we have seen the magic many times this tour. When phish play a show like bakers dozen #4, we automatically want to say this show is the greatest or among the greatest shows of all time - it's human nature. However, shows like 2/28/03 (or big cypress, 12/6/97, etc) have been listened to over and over again by phish fans and it's these shows that stand out as being the best shows played by Phish during the time they were transforming music. For a show to have over 800 votes on phish.net less than a week after it occurred means that people are casting votes before having time to really dissect the music and take the time needed to compare it to some of the best shows in the past. 7/25/17 was an incredible night and I am not trying to take away from the incredible music they gave us that night. It was the best show that many fans have been to and some of the best jamming that phish have thrown down in many years. But the truth is, many fans are comparing that show to shows that phish have played since their return from hiatus. The magical shows with fewer votes on phish.net (such as 2/28/03) were shows that were compared to phish at their greatest. The standard was different back then. If you listen to Big Cypress and hear the hours and hours (and more hours) of the best music phish has ever played, it would be hard to imagine that show ever being rated on par with 7/25/17. Shows need to be rated with more thought and be legitimately compared to shows phish played over the last three decades. To just give a show a 5/5 rating because it was "great" does a disservice to shows like Big Cypress or 2/28/03. I love this band more than anything and can honestly say that they have changed my life. Just wanted to give my opinion on the whole rating system on this site.


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